Mayawati served as the Chief Minister of Utter Pradesh for four terms and is the current leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), she is a force to be reckoned with in politics. The aim of the BSP is to improve the lives of the lowest strata in Indian society- the SCs, Sts, OBCs, the Dalits and the religious minorities. She became the first female Dalit CM in India and is greatly admired by many as a Dalit icon. Mayawati has been praised and criticised for her birthday parties and fundraising activities amongst other things. She is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha.